Get more value out of these programs — turn them into inexpensive networking events! Here's how in 6 easy steps:
- Register for the program.
- Invite colleagues, clients or prospects who might be interested in the topic.
- Make meeting room arrangements for the expected number of attendees.
- Download the speaker's PowerPoint from the Society's Web site and make the necessary copies or forward the PowerPoint to attendees prior to the webinar. Note: Most, but not all, presentations will have a PowerPoint presentation.
- Bring in sandwiches (or breakfast items if you're on the West Coast) and various drinks or have everyone "brown bag" their meal.
- Connect to the webinar about 10 minutes prior to the start time.
These steps are basically all it takes to organize a networking event around one of the Society's webinars. All that's required is a computer with internet access and speakers (you have the option of using a speakerphone instead of computer speakers for the audio), a meeting room and the desire to assemble a group that's interested in learning something new.
Who Should You Invite?
Webinars focus on a wide range of general interest and nontraditional subjects, including charitable tax planning techniques, structured settlements, and asset allocation and risk tolerance in equity investments.
Because program topics often will appeal to your colleagues, including lawyers and CPAs, they're ideal for expanding your professional network. Depending on the subject matter, even clients and prospects can be ideal candidates.
Chapters can also sponsor webinars, supporting the cost of the program entirely or charging a modest fee to participants.
What You Can Expect
Scheduled at least twice a month, webinars are generally one hour in length. The format is typically 45-50 minutes of presentation, with the remaining time dedicated to live questions from participants.